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Hispanic Heritage Month - here's what you need to know

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of people from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, Latin and Central America.
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SAN ANGELO, Texas — The United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15 annually with festivities for the contributions, diverse cultures and history of the cultures.

The month starts mid-September since many Latin American countries also celebrate their independence days.

In September 1968, former President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a National Hispanic Week Bill, where for a whole week the heritage was honored and celebrated. Years later, former President Ronald Reagan extended Hispanic Heritage Week into a month.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a press release Wednesday, “It is important to recognize the indelible impact of Hispanic Texans on the culture, economy and history of the Lone Star State. Texas is proud to be one of the most welcoming states for Hispanic entrepreneurs, leading the nation for jobs created by Hispanic women business owners and ranking among the top states for Hispanic-owned businesses and the jobs these businesses create.”

Angelo State University Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Javier Flores, said, “We can see not only in our Hispanic heritage, but we also see the legacy of what Hispanic students or individuals have worked towards in the dream to make sure that we were all represented in all facets of our society and we see that here in San Angelo.”

According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, 40 percent of the population in the state of Texas and 42 percent of San Angelo’s population is Hispanic.

There will be a diez y seis de Septiembre ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, San Angelo's City Hall, 72 W. College Ave.